Not everyone is born with a picture-perfect smile. Veneers are a great solution to enhance the appearance of your teeth using a minimally invasive procedure. The thin shells can cover a variety of aesthetic issues using just one treatment. Modern veneers are thinner than ever, but they are durable. In fact, they can last for a decade or longer before needing to be replaced, but eventually, you will need new ones. How can you tell when it’s time to switch them out? Here are 5 of the most common signs you need to begin replacing veneers.
1. Veneers are Darkening.
Your veneers are attached to your teeth using dental cement, which allows them to stay bonded in place for many years. Over time, the cement will naturally darken, which can make it visible through your veneer. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to reverse the discoloration; therefore, your only option is to have new cement applied to your teeth.
2. Veneers are Stained.
Modern veneers are made of porcelain, which means they are stain-resistant; however, small scratches can appear on the surface of the veneers from daily wear and tear or from abrasive oral hygiene products. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small crevasses, causing them to look discolored. In addition, your underlying teeth are still susceptible to stains, such as from the foods and drinks you consume. If your natural tooth discolors, it can make your veneers look darker. Whitening products will not have any effect on the color of your veneers in Spring Hill, so replacing them is the only solution to brighten your smile.
3. Rough Around the Edges.
Chewing and biting down can cause the edges of your veneers to wear down. They may even chip or crack, which are obvious signs you need veneer replacement. If you run your tongue over your veneers and they feel rough, it’s time to call your cosmetic dentist.
4. Spaces Between the Gums and Veneers.
Poor dental hygiene or gum disease can cause your gingival tissue to recede. A space can develop between the veneers and your gums. In some cases, decay can also cause the gap. Your dentist can treat the underlying issues leading to the separation and replace your veneers to ensure your smile looks natural.
5. Visible Damage.
Although veneers are more durable than ever, they aren’t indestructible. They can chip or crack over the years. If there’s any visible damage to your veneers, it’s time to have new ones created to reinstate an attractive smile.
Restore Your Beautiful Smile
If your veneers have lost their luster, your cosmetic dentist can bring back your confidence through a beautiful smile. They’ll create the exact veneers you need for flawless results.
About Dr. Keith Chapman
Dr. Chapman earned his dental degree at Texas A&M University. He continued his training at the Zimmer Institute to gain surgical experience. He regularly continues his education to provide many advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry. If it’s time to replace your veneers, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.